Residency guests 2014

David Cantarero Tomás

 

Artist, MFA
Artwork production and theoretical research as part of the Master’s degree final project developed within the postgraduate program Art: Production and Research of the Polytechnic University of Valencia

The work I have been carrying out the last few years of artistic production could be described as a “dialog with the image”. Image considered not only as something two-dimensional, but as something more vast and complex, directly related with the way we perceive, represent and transform the world surrounding us. And a dialogue, pointing out the importance language has both, in our perception processes and in our capacity of reflection. This articulation is what we can see in most of my recent works, focused from the relation between the images humans produce inside an artistic context, and the theoretical and critical discourses that dial with them, condensed in something we can classify as metaimages, namely second-order visual reflections on what the images themselves are.

The project I want to develop during my stay in the Saari Residence consists in the production of a series of works/installations which are the progression of this research line, going further into the thought about representation, media and the technological image. This will be made in parallel to the writing of the essay that will include this practical dimension while deepens into some of the latest approaches to the image within art theory and visual culture studies.

David Cantarero Tomás worked at the Saari Residence in January and February 2014.


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Maša Drndic

Maša Drndic

MA in Arts (cinematograhy)
From May To May – script for documentary film project

Throughout my residency in the Saari Residence, I intend to develop a script for a documentary film project. I will build the script based on the materials (interviews, footage, media reports, talk shows and articles) that I have shot and gathered throughout my stay in Georgia in Summer 2013.

The starting point of the film is an event that happened on May 17, 2013 when Georgian LGBT community and the allies gathered on the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia and Transophobia (IDAHO) to hold silent protest in the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi. The rally never took place as few thousands of conservative counter-protestors (estimated around 40 000 people), led by priests of the Georgian Orthodox Church, broke through police cordons, and attacked the LGBT activists.

Throught the film we follow the personal stories of the activists and community members, that try to survive in the hostile society, find diverse solutions to avoid the violence directed toward the community, or to overcome the frustration that they experience daily. This work is engaged in discussing complexity of the relationship between individuals and their surroundings. I seek to explore individual as well as collective expressions of identity, belonging, memories.

Maša Drndic worked at the Saari Residence in January and February 2014.


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Sonja Jokiniemi

Sonja Jokiniemi

Performance artist (MA in Theatre)
Preliminary artistic research that examines the formation of language systems between inanimate and animate bodies. The search is concerned with liberating language from its own paradox

Sonja Jokiniemi is a dance and performance artist born in Kuopio. She has a bachelor’s degree in dance from the Laban Centre in London, and has since lived and worked in England, Ireland, Finland, and most recently, in the Netherlands. In the summer of 2013, Sonja graduated a Master of Theatre from the DasArts institute in Amsterdam.

‘Although my creative process centres on choreography, the form my works take and the tools I use vary from drawing and mapping practices to working with miniature landscapes or studying the relationships between objects, materials and people. Physicality is an important starting point for my work as it acts as a foundation for forming language. Through my artistic practices, I have developed ways of studying the processes of forming meaning and purpose through physical rituals.

At the Saari Residence, I will be working on two new projects, which currently go by their working titles: HMM and Without an Alphabet. HMM will lead to a performance work in 2014. I will collaborate with a work group on this project later on in the spring. Without an Alphabet is a collaborative project and a new way of working for me. I will be working with people who are specialists in their own language systems. I am interested in expanding the definitions of language as well as in the study of language as an approach to the relationship between the individual and the world.’

Sonja Jokiniemi worked at the Saari Residence in January and February 2014.


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JP Kaljonen

JP Kaljonen

Visual Artist
Artistic work

JP Kaljonen (b.1976) is a Helsinki based visual artist working in the field of social practice art. His projects are focused on intercultural communication and interplay between different social groups. The works are based on societal grounds and vary from video or photography to projects in public space.

In the Saari Residence Kaljonen works with a social art project Populus (working title), which aims for designing and building a community based park to Mynämäki. The goal of the project is to engage local communities into cooperation for building a shared public space to the center of Mynämäki for events, meetings, entertainment as well as for symbol of local identity.

Homepage  http://kaljonen.com/

JP Kaljonen worked at the Saari Residence in January and February 2014.


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Emelie Östergren

Emelie Östergren

Cartoonist and Visual Artist
Dreamcatcher – a graphic novel based on Nordic mythologhy

Emelie Östergren (b.1982) was educated at Konstfack in Stockholm, where she received her bachelor’s degree in 2007. Her comics and illustrations have been published in books, anthologies, comics, magazines and fanzins both in Sweden and abroad. With a style that can be described as avant-garde and experimental with elements of fantasy and surrealism, she has developed a mannerism that is quite unique. She is known for her books Evil Dress and Duke and His Army – A Dream Revisited published on Sanatorium publishers.

During the stay in the Saari Residence she will develop her story and script for the graphic novel Dreamcatcher based of Nordic mytology and the space between reality and dream.

www.emelieostergren.se

Emelie Östergren worked at the Saari Residence in January and February 2014.


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Rona Rangsch

Rona Rangsch

Media artist, diploma in physics
Nature happens. Evolution – interactive self-creation of marvellous un-intelligent design

During the residency I will further develop a project inspired by evolution theory and life sciences. I am trying to visualise the wide range of disciplines in the field of biosciences as well as focusing on several basic topics as for instance cell biology and cell evolution or early embryonic development. I hope to implement a multimedia and possibly multi-piece work with footage collected at universities and natural history museums during a residency in Graz, Austria, Oct. – Dec. 2013.

Read here about Rona’s work in the Saari Residece.

www.rangsch.de/

Rona Rangsch worked at the Saari Residence in January and February 2014.


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Laura Ukkonen

Laura Ukkonen

Visual artist
Artistic work. Landscape/portrait–themed drawing. Examining the relationship between sociability and loneliness

I am a visual artsit and my technique of choice is drawing. My works are semi-fictional portraits, rooms and landscapes. They are created with coal, pencil and colour pencils, and spring from observations relating to my surroundings, myself and the people I meet. These observations act as a framework for examining emotional states. My personal experiences mix with an interest in the history of women. In fact, the (historical) gendering of emotions is an influential perspective in my work. What remnants are there in us of, for example, the 19th century woman for whom walking in the park alone was not socially acceptable? At the core, however, is the modern-day woman. Over and over again, I come across a conflict between sociability and feelings of an outsider and loneliness.

At the Saari Residence, I will be working on a series of drawings that will draw inspiration from the residency and from emotional states relating to it. My intention is to also discover a new visual world through techniques and materials already familiar to me. I will continue with an ongoing project of mine where the object under observation is the space outside the home, a space that is also extremely personal for us all in one way or another. I have previously depicted a city familiar to me. Now I have the opportunity to observe and react to an environment entirely strange to me. Writing is also a part of my creative process. I prepare by keeping a diary of my observations as well as by reading relevant literature.

I depict loneliness but simultaneously also the individual as part of different communities. Previously, focus has been on the notion of the home as a woman’s “own space”. The lead came from the enclosed private sphere of the bourgeois woman depicted in paintings by female impressionists in the late 19th century. Now, I am turning my attention to communities outside the home. The people in my pictures are somewhere in between adulthood and childhood, or carry with them the memory of becoming an adult. The broadening of horizons offers not only a sense of freedom but shapes an understanding of just how many norms the public sphere entails. We inevitably find ourselves entrenched in an artificially constructed value system, and yet it is also a community that we ourselves actively shape through our own actions.

www.lauraukkonen.net

Laura Ukkonen worked at the Saari Residence in January and February 2014.


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Ildar Abuzyarov

Ildar Abuzyarov

Writer, journalist
The Sun of Finland – a novel

The Sun of Finland is a novel set in an invented town Nizhnij Hutor which sends the reader back to Nizhnij Novgorod which was famous for a large share of Finnish population. The Sun of Finland is partly inspired by Kalevala, and partly by the literature of Soviet period. It describes a life of an ethnic minority in the post-Soviet Russia, showing how the people in town created a universe of their own where the ancient Scandinavian myths, the practices of Soviet lifestyle, and the special mentality of an ethnic living at the crossroads of two very different cultures. The opening chapters of The Sun of Finland have been published in a literary magazine in Russia.

While in residency in Finland, I intend to finish the novel and prepare it for publication. The novel will consists of two parts – the first will describe the life on Nizhnij Hutor, the narration gradually ascending and widening from a level of a life of a family in a single flat to the connection of multiple family stories in a condominium, further out to the street reaching the neighbourhood. At some point, the narration shifts from everyday level to demiurge level, demonstrating what internal powers rule and define the life of peaceful town dwellers. The second part which I hope to write while in residence in Saari, is called The Book of Overmne the Writer. It contains a set of stories written by one the dwellers of Nizhnij Hutor, a writer Overmne.

Ildar Abuzyarov worked at the Saari Residence in March and April 2014.


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Kristiina Drews

Kristiina Drews

Translator
Translation into Finnish of Vladimir Nabokov’s “Pale Fire”

I translate literature, mainly fiction but also some drama. The most recent of my translations is There But For The by Ali Smith (in Finnish Oli kerran kello nolla), 2013. I have translated, among others, works by Nadine Gordimer, Julian Barnes, Anne Tyler and Margaret Atwood. In addition, I have together with my colleague Jukka Virtanen translated a dozen musicals. Les Misérables, the very first project in the line of our musical collaboration, is even now being shown in the Tampereen Teatteri and is running for full house.

Here in the Saari Residence, I am concentrating on Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire. In Finland, Nabokov is best known as the author of Lolita. Many of his works were translated into Finnish in the 60’ies and 70’ies, but Pale Fire was left unpublished, maybe due to its challenging structure. Pale Fire is a linguistic, literary and historical picaresque, or perhaps detective story, including a long epic poem of 999 lines and a parodic commentary to the poem. The book shows Nabokov’s verbal genius at its most brilliant. My colleague Jukka Virtanen is once again joining me to translate the poem.

Find out more about Kristiina’s work from here.

Kristiina Drews worked at the Saari Residence in March and April 2014.


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Hwanhee Kim & Felix Nybergh

Hwanhee Kim & Felix Nybergh

Visual Artist & Photographer
“The Zone System”, a collective exhibition project

Artist duo Nana&Felix

We are Hwanhee Kim and Felix Nybergh, a South Korean and Finnish artist duo from Helsinki. Combining our respective photographic and fine-art backgrounds we concentrate on the different uses of photography. The outcome varies from twodimensional to three-dimensional work that deals with photographic images.

In the Saari Residency we are working on a piece of work that will be exhibited at Hippolyte Photographic Gallery, Helsinki, in July 2014. Under the title The Zone System, our aim is to produce a series of work that deals with stereotype ideas of Finnish people.

www.kimhwanhee.com

www.felixnybergh.com

Hwanhee Kim & Felix Nybergh worked at the Saari Residence in March and April 2014.


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Juha Mäki-Jussila

Juha Mäki-Jussila

Master of Arts
Making a videofilm

Juha Mäki-Jussila’s short movies fit somewhere in between documentary and visual art. His works have been showcased at over 200 film and video festivals. In 2013, he received a special mention from the jury at two film festivals (BerwickFilmFestival UK and Helsinki Short Film Festival) for his short film Suddenly Last Summer. Festival distribution is conducted through AV-arkki. Mäki-Jussila’s work has also been showcased at art galleries and museums.

Juha Mäki-Jussila (b. 1967) lives and works in Karkkila, Finland. His works utilize moving images and vary from videos to installations. They are characterised by a strange interest in human behavior. References toward the history of motion picture can also be found in his approach. In recent works, Mäki-Jussila has applied stop motion animation techniques in order to create the “movement of illusion,” rather than the illusion of movement. Mäki-Jussila graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki in 1997 and has since participated in several exhibitions and video festivals in Finland and abroad.

At the Saari Residence, I will be working on two video works.

Poor Man Statues

The events of the video I am currently working on take place in Southern Ostrobothnia where I was born. The work combines the tale of the prodigal son and the poor man statue traditions of Southern Ostrobothnia. The main character of the story, whom I will be constructing at the Saari Residence, will also encounter some of his ancestors (these scenes will feature real poor man statues). (Parts of the film will be shot in a studio at the Saari Residence using the blue screen technique so that the background can be replaced with archive material, for example.)

The Foundry

I was granted permission to use the Högfors foundry’s (situated in Karkkila, Finland) photo archive which constitutes approximately 3000 scanned pictures from the factory during 1910 to 1940. I’ve done some preliminary video experimentation with the pictures in which the perspective’s vanishing point is situated in the middle. The pictures portray factory workers at different stages of the production line. I’ve edited consecutive photos so that one second of moving picture is formed from 12 different photographs (by adapting the stop motion animation technique). The arrangement in the photos is similar in each but their content varies.

The result was an interesting sequence of moving picture that gave an impression of the nature of the industrial revolution, production line work and repetitive actions.

My project is closely related to the prehistory of cinematic techniques. The light and film studies of human movement by the gentlemen Muybridge, Marey and Demeny (1890–) served the needs of taylorism ie. of the most efficient production line possible.

I will apply these “visuals” to the stories of contemporary workers; they (those that are still alive) still meet up every summer in Karkkila to remember days gone by.

I aim to create a video work that updates the past into the present, and in bringing 1920s realism to the forefront, is a tribute to the factory’s workers.

Juha Mäki-Jussila worked at the Saari Residence in March and April 2014.


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Riikka Niemelä

Riikka Niemelä

Researcher
Work on a doctoral thesis

I am writing my doctoral thesis in art history (University of Turku) on Finnish video performance art. Multimedia performances, monologues and acted roles performed for the camera, dance and poetry videos as well as acts and rituals recorded as pictures have since been joined by more interactive forms of performance art ranging from internet performances to interactive works. My thesis explores the diverse connections between performance art and technology and aims to outline theoretical and conceptual approaches to examining them.

As a physical and corporal action, performance art produces experiences that are hard to assign collective meaning to. For two months at the Saari Residence, I will be working on the manuscript for my doctoral thesis and in formulating its theory, my aim is to outline concepts with which to analyze and understand a performance and its technologically reproduced forms phenomenologically.

Riikka Niemelä worked at the Saari Residence in March and April 2014.


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Päivi Järvinen & Timo Väänänen (Duo Mitrej)

Duo Mitrej

Dancer, choreographer & Doctor in Music
Artistic work

At the Saari Residence, Päivi Järvinen and Timo Väänänen, or Duo Mitrej, intend to create a new music and movement performance that is founded on text, light, picture and space. Now, after three days, the spatial and scenic richness of the Saari Residence has flooded our eyes, ears and bodies. At the moment, we are working on the Manor’s lower waterfront meadow – primarily in a tree – with a camera, silk, sound, a kantele (a Finnish zither-like instrument), movement and nature. The new work is a combination of video and audience performance. We are strongly inspired by textiles, light, the three-dimensionality and depth of field of two-dimension pictures, the pioneer of modern dance and theatre lighting Loïe Fuller (1862–1928), Kai Donner’s book on the Nenets people in Siberia (Siperian samojedien keskuudessa 1911–1913 ja 1914), Karelian inventor and performer Maisulan Mitrej or Dimitri Taronen (1861-1940), collector of folk tradition Armas Otto Väisänen (1890–1969) and the kantele-playing skomorokhs of medival Russia.

It is truly wonderful to have this opportunity to focus on artistic work.

Päivi Järvinen: dance, movement, voice, textile
Timo Väänänen: music, kantele, video, photography

Päivi Järvinen & Timo Väänänen (Duo Mitrej) worked at the Saari Residence in March and April 2014.


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Lea Vidakovic

Lea Vidakovic

MA of audiovisual arts
Research, development and preproduction for an animated multiscreen installation project

Multimedia artist, born in Serbia (1983), working mainly in the field of art installation and puppet animation. Holds an MA of audiovisual arts from the Royal Academy of Arts KASK, Belgium, an MA in graphic art/painting from the Academy of Arts in Zagreb, Croatia, and a BA of animation from HVO, Norway. Member of Association of Artists from Vojvodina  (SULUV) and Association of Croatian Artists (HDLU).

‘During the residency I will work on my new project Family portrait – a dark yet humorous social observation inspired by Daisaku Ikeda’s quote: Every family has its own set of circumstances and problems that only its members can fully understand…

This project is going to be a synchronised multiscreen installation done in the technique of puppet animation. It will consist of 9 different stories – each presented on separate screen, simultaneously. Eight stories will represent a single family member, or a smaller group, and the 9th story, which is central, will serve as a frame where all the family members will eventually gather to pose in front of the photographer who tends to capture their family portrait. Besides resembling similar visual qualities, the stories will have a subtle connection – where an action from one story will trigger actions in others. The rooms presented on separate screens, where the actions would take place, would be in a way connected, which would allow characters to interact going in and out of each other’s spaces, gathering together at the central screen. This project will focus on manners in portraiture (self and group) and depict different types of human behaviour among family members.

During the residency I plan to work on space research, character design and story development.’

www.leavidakovic.com

Lea Vidakovic worked at the Saari Residence in March and April 2014.


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Suomen kielen ja filosofian rakastajat

Suomen kielen ja filosofian rakastajat

Workshop
Translating philosophy and the philosophy of translation

We have specifically chosen Finnish translation as the focal point of our week-long workshop on the translation of philosophical texts. Therefore, all of the participants and guests are from Finland. Our work will be founded on peer discussion: during the workshop, we will discuss each participant’s on-going translation of a philosophical text. Discussions will also be held based on lectures and introductory talks by both guests and participants.

The aim is to discuss the practical problems associated with translating philosophical texts as well as the more general questions that stem from issues regarding the nature of translation and its relationship to philosophical thinking. In other words, our hope is that the discussion will touch equally upon both the translation of philosophy and the philosophy of translation as well as on how the former steers towards the latter.

The intention is to build an identity for those who translate philosophy into Finnish and to promote the formation of high standards for translation by articulating the challenges associated with translating into Finnish. At the same time, the workshop advances communication between generations of researchers and translators in two ways: First, by allowing for the experience and expertise of translators of fiction to enter into dialogue with translators of philosophical texts, and secondly, by creating the opportunity for experienced translators of philosophy to share their knowledge with their younger colleagues.

Workshop participants: Tiina Arppe, Pirkko Holmberg, Miika Luoto, Tuomas Nevanlinna, Tarja Roinila, Pajari Räsänen, Anna Tuomikoski and Taneli Viitahuhta.

Guests: Markku Lehtine and Mika Elo.

Suomen kielen ja filosofian rakastajat worked at the Saari Residence in the summer of 2014.


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Jalostamo-kollektiivi

Theatre group
Rehearsal of the Finnish premiere performance of Elfriede Jelinek’s play “Rechnitz – Angel of Death”

Jalostamo-kollektiivi is a theatre group of young theatre professionals founded in 2012. At the moment, the group is working on Elide Jelinek’s play Rechnitz – Angel of Death, which will premiere in April 2015 at Kiasma Theatre in Helsinki.

Contemporary Austrian author and Nobel Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek’s play Rechnitz – Angel of Death is an exceptionally compelling playtext. Based on real events in Austria, the work challenges the form of contemporary theatre with an impossible, almost 160 page avalanche of associations. Preparing this play is indeed an acid test for the group, one that is truly radical and requires complete honesty.

Rechnitz – Angel of Death is comprised of a series of sets that challenge both a person’s consciousness and their sense of humour. The work highlights the merciless, forbidden and corrupt side of people but also reflects our ability for caring and healing. Through the work, the group inspects their personal relationship to our collective European recent history. Reknits weeds out some difficult questions. How to heal? How to admit to the traumatic and deal with a past that is so thoroughly evil?

The Jalostamo collective’s production features actress Anna Lipponen, lighting designer and scenographer Petri Tuhkanen, costume designer Paula Varis and actress Elisa Salo. Guest collaborators include director Hilkka-Liisa Iivanainen, translator and performance dramaturg Jukka-Pekka Pajunen, sound designer Janne Hast, actress Tanjalotta Räikkä and dance artist Jarkko Mandelin.

The production is co-produced by Jalostamo-kollektiivi and Kiasma Theatre.

Jalostamo-kollektiivi worked at the Saari Residence in the summer of 2014.


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Kieleke

Kieleke

An artistic laboratory studying the interplay and combination of verbal art and the art of movement

The core members of the Kieleke workgroup include dance artists Auri Ahola and Valtteri Raekallio, poet Henriikka Tavi and authors Laura Lindstedt and Jaakko Yli-Juonikas. The members of the group first met a year ago at a workshop held at a poetry and music event in Kainuu, Finland. An air of inspiration and trust quickly developed within the group, which added to the in-depth study of verbal art and the art of movement. After the workshop ended, the group wanted to continue their experimental investigative work. And so Kieleke (meaning ”ledge”) came into being – a group, who faithful to its name, strives reach across towards the new.

Kieleke’s work methods include exercises developed by its members as well as workshops held by guests who represent various different art forms. The aim is to increase exposure to both modern dance and experimental literature, to open-mindedly expand into different forms of art and to develop the performance of verbal art more ambitiously than before.

Representatives of other art forms are also invited to the Saari Residence in order to offer a more interdisciplinary perspective. Guests include poet Matti Kangaskoski, musician Tero-Petri Suovanen as well as musician and Doctor of Music Otso Lähdeoja. Both the original members of the group and the guests invited to the Saari Residence are not only true professionals in their own fields of expertise but maintain a keen interest in interdisciplinary expression.

At their artistic laboratory at the Saari Residence, the Kieleke workgroup will study the interplay between verbal art, music and movement, and will open-mindedly experiment with new forms of expression and different artistic confluences.

Kieleke worked at the Saari Residence in the summer of 2014.


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Fagerholm&Franck

Fagerholm&Franck

Workshop in writing and montage
Searching for an organic dramaturgy with Performance by the Well

The aim of the workshop is to explore and develop ”methods” of putting into practice – through practice and writing and doing (exercises etc) – the concept of ”organical dramaturgy”: a way of being in a story, creating tension, and finding tension. The group will collectively work with a piece montage which will end in a performance by the Well the last evening.

The group members will also work individually, with their own pieces.

Crucial is moving with intuition, moving with the group (what each member puts into the group for example), moving through the week in a kind of loose structure, open for all that happens on the way. Monika Fagerholm & Mia Franck will be the ones leading the group through this one week journey.

To write is not so much about finding oneself – but to find and move with what you’ve got.

Fagerholm&Franck worked at the Saari Residence in the summer of 2014.


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Tärähtäneet ämmät & Gabriel Mellan

Tärähtäneet ämmät and Gabriel Mellan

Workgroup
DYSTOPIA/UTOPIA is a community art project executed together with teenagers living in a group foster home in Mynämäki. A three-photograph series (triptych) depicts alternative futures for each of the teenagers: a utopia, a dystopia and the present

DYSTOPIA/UTOPIA is a joint art project comprised of photography and scenario work by the art duo Nutty Tarts / Tärähtäneet ämmät Katariina Haikala and Vilma Metteri (FIN) and photographer Gabriel Mellan (USA). The Dystopia/Utopia art project is intended for 14 to 17 year-olds in danger of social exclusion, who are able to participate in a two week intensive project.

The objective of the project is to shed light on the future prospects of each of the teenagers through the concepts of dystopia and utopia and, together with the project leaders, to plan the concrete first steps towards achieving the participant’s dreams. In the project’s workshops, the teenagers envision their futures and choose nearby locations that represent each of their dystopian and utopian futures.

The participating youths will form a camera crew and each participant will be photographed at two locations of their own choice. Together with a picture representing the present, the three photographs will form a triptych, which will be displayed at a photography exhibition at location chosen by the teens themselves. Ultimately, the project challenges the participating teenagers to answer two key questions: How can I avoid the dystopian envisionment of my future and how do I make my utopia a reality?

tarahtaneet.ammat@gmail.com

www.tarahtaneet.net

www.dystopiautopia.com

Tärähtäneet ämmät & Gabriel Mellan worked at the Saari Residence in the summer of 2014.


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Taideosuuskunta Tsuumi

Artistic work
Project K: A study of bodily intercommunication between dance, theatre and music within the context of performance art

The Project K workgroup is studying the possiblities of bodily intercommunication between dance, theatre and music within the context of performance art. Our intention is to open up bodily perspectives into the significance of work methods with regard to decision-making in situations involving teamwork. The state of being “in the moment” inherent in performance art affects the decisions performers make on the stage. We are interested in recognizing the significance of this state of being “in the moment” to the work process; how decisions are made in situations involving teamwork and the extent to which bodily communication and the state of mind and body of each team member affects the team’s collective decision-making.

Project K is divided into three different phases to ensure follow-through and to allow for sufficient time between phases to filter and make sense of new information. A three-phased model also allows for the production responsibilities of different phases to be distributed between several collaborators. Project K will be executed by Samuli Nordberg together with the workgroup, Tsuumi Dance Theatre and the Z-free concept of Zodiac Center for New Dance (Z-free is an event concept that affords select artists the possibility to publicly expand upon their work methods, develop their ideas and involve the public in their work processes).

Taideosuuskunta Tsuumi worked at the Saari Residence in the summer of 2014.


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White on White

White on White

White on White #7 – Fuck me! (we didn´t make it)

White on White is the artistic relationship between Iggy Malmborg (Malmö) and Johannes Schmit (Berlin). Since 2009 the duo is running a series of the same name, which until today consists of six autonomus pieces of performance. Their latest production White on White #6 – Queer Sells can be seen in the second half of 2014 at Südpol (Switzerland), Baltoscandal (Estonia) and Bastard (Norway).

The residency at Saari is the starting point of the process leading to their next piece that will premier in spring 2015. White on White #7 – Fuck me! (We didn´t make it) researches on Aging, Youth and Genius Cult, based on the birthdays of the duo (60) and its members (27 and 33) in 2014. What sounds like an autobiographical joke, aims to evolve into a deeply structural, highly enjoyable analysis of the economical and emotional state of the current generation around 30.

White on White worked at the Saari Residence in the summer of 2014.


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417 International Theater Group

417 International Theater Group

Work on a multilingual theatrical production

417 is an international group of young theatre professionals. The group was founded in Egypt, where its members met for the first time in 2010. The group’s members all come from different countries in Europe and Arab Mediterranean countries. During the residency, 417 will be working on expanding a previous demo performance about multiculturalism and crises entitled Windows into a full evening performance. The demo version was performed in Alexandria, Egypt in September 2012 as part of the Backstreet Festival, to which they have also been invited for 2014. The demo performance received positive feedback in Egypt.

During their residency, the group’s focus is on preparing for their festival performance. The group’s work stems from their inherent diversity, which is represented not only by a variety of different professional backgrounds (417 includes, for example, a video director, a choreographer, actors and a critic) but more importantly, by cultural differences. Windows is in fact based on personal experience. An important driving force has been the upheaval brought on by the Arab Spring, which has had a very real impact on the group and its work: our premiere was rescheduled twice because of the revolution. Another significant focal point for the group’s work is multidisciplinary art and so it is only natural that Windows combines choreography and video with theatrical expression. The textual foundation for the performance is made up of monologues written by members of the group, which hash out the differences and similarities between our personal worldviews.

Photo: Hasan Salame

417 International Theater Group worked at the Saari Residence in the summer of 2014.


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Maija Nurmio & Saskia Oidtmann

Maija Nurmio & Saskia Oidtmann

Artistic work

The Saari Residence is the second part of a personal and (trans-) cultural exchange between dance artists Maija Nurmio and Saskia Oidtmann, based in Helsinki and respectively Berlin. Our collaboration forms a series of meetings, intensive rehearsal periods, residencies and performances that develop over the next two years. Our first two-week working process took place in Berlin in November 2013, resulting in Sideways Elephant-performances.

“Our physical presence and movement is coined by the society, the cultural and geographical background we grow into. We aim to investigate our physical backgrounds in motion. Starting with a historical exploration, we investigate the areas we live in; the points of contact between our countries and the histories that coincide in our bodies. We look into how much our moving is influenced by external parameters, such as skin colour or gender. We are interested in the physical presence of different identities beyond communication of body language; in the unwritten laws of moving existing in all societies.”

Sideways Elephant is an attempt to look at us as individuals within different societies. One basic element of our friendship is the awareness of a common language we share: movement. Thus we are looking for new ways of communication across different cultural contexts that can broaden the understanding of one another. Is it possible to develop a model that can be used in different cultural contexts? Can we work with movement as a medium of expression that is not located within the spoken word but a more holistic and extensive viewpoint?

Maija Nurmio & Saskia Oidtmann worked at the Saari Residence in the summer of 2014.


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Pia Karaspuro & Sibylla Klein

Pia Karaspuro & Sibylla Klein

Inhabiting Spaces – Inhabiting Languages

Inhabiting Spaces – Inhabiting Languages by choreographer and director Sibylla Klein and dance artist Pia Karaspuro is a series of place-specific works that function as participatory performances and as sensory journeys that expand on our experience of spaces. The work stems from the personal experiences of both members of the group, specifically in relation to multilingualism. What kinds of distinctions between German and Finnish become relevant when trying to conceptualize experiences related to space and special relationships? And on the other hand, how do spaces and experiences of them mould speech? Or, what kinds of motion do words from different languages inspire?

A central idea of the concept is to expand both the performer’s and the audience’s experience of each respective space as well as to open up new possibilities for how to and what can exist in the space. The goal is to highlight the experience of the shared space: on the one hand, a space can create a sense of unity but it can also create division between people who experience it differently. In each work, occupying a particular space in a special or exceptional way stems from the parameters assigned to the work, i.e. on how the artists have decided the space should be approached. Existing in an exceptional way – same as being in a special, exceptional space – can be mirrored against existing in the world. The space adapts to the person experiencing it, as does the experiencer to the space.

The series of works will include both man-made and natural places.

Sibylla Klein and Pia Karaspuro also belong to the performance art group Tauko/Pause. The group started off in 2001 with a project called Hiljaisuus (”silence”). It was followed by the works Matka Maahan – Expedition (2003), Tauko – Pause (2004), Ena (2005–2006) and HOP (2009–2010), which have been performed in both Finland and Germany. The group’s productions have featured director and choreographer Sibylla Klein, dance artist Pia Karaspuro, actress Julia Klein, architect Dirk Kottman, vocal artist Juha Valkeapää, musicians Riitta Huttunen and Andreas Fulgosi, and light designer Pekka Pitkänen. Each workgroup is built according to the needs of the individual project. Sibylla Klein and Pia Karaspuro are original members and have collaborated on all of the group’s works.

Pia Karaspuro & Sibylla Klein worked at the Saari Residence in the summer of 2014.


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Videokaffe

Videokaffe

Media art group
Artistic work

Trans Atlantic Dialogue

This summer the international artist collective Videokaffe was invited to Kone Foundation’s Saari Residence in Finland. During the two weeks the Videokaffe members worked together to create a work called Transatlantic Dialog to be exhibited at the Wassaic Project Festival at the completion of their residency.

The piece features two kinetic sculptures crafted to communicate and respond to each other for their performance via computer vision and the Internet. The movement of the fire in Finland affects motion of the mechanical bird-like sculpture in Wassaic. The bird’s movement is then motion tracked and creates a live sound composition in the Wassaic exhibition space and when the bird reaches a stasis it triggers a bellow attached to the Finland sculpture to blow wind to the fire in Finland. Taken as a whole the work creates a transatlantic circuit of reciprocal movement and sound.

About Videokaffe

Videokaffe is a contemporary art collective that thrives in its interdisciplinary and international background. Drawing from engineering, science, technology, crafts and art, Videokaffe explores the intersection of hand-crafted objects and digital networks. The group aims towards an inclusive, social and process oriented aesthetic experience.

www.videokaffe.com

www.vimeo.com/videokaffe

Videokaffe worked at the Saari Residence in the summer of 2014.


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Myrtti

Myrtti

Workgroup
Myrtti (”myrtle”) – development of a (filmatized) drama series for children

Our workgroup (screenwriters Heli Tamminen and Aino Pitkäjärvi, cinematographer Päivi Kettunen, production designer Seera Rytkölä, director Milla Pelkonen and actress Jenny Dahlström) is working on a quality drama series for a child audience. The production of the series will be executed with high professionalism by an artistically oriented team. Each member of the group has graduated from the Department of Film, Television and Scenography at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki and they all work as professionals in artistic content production.

There is too little quality drama production for children on television or the internet. This target group is important. We want to do our part in producing more memorable and top-quality drama for this forgotten target group.

Myrtti worked at the Saari Residence in the summer of 2014.


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Sädekehistä – täydellisen politiikkaa

Workgroup
(”of haloes – the politics of perfection”) – the dramatic possibilities of polyphony

During their residency, director Aune Kallinen, choreographer Jenni Koistinen, musician and actress Ragni Grönblom are working on a project entitled Sädekehistä – täydellisen politiikkaa (”of haloes – the politics of perfection”).

Our founding hypothesis for the construction of the performance is that the halo says something about our physical existence in the world. In Indian, Persian, Greek and Roman art, the halo was often depicted as a circular or almond-shaped ring surrounding the entire body. We are now intending, in this day and age, to locate that same physical experience and to create a fresh connection to the haloes surrounding our bodies – to all of the emotional, scientific, social, mystic, indirect and porous haloes with the help of which we become who we are.

The work investigates the dramatic possibilities of polyphony and the perfection of everything. We ponder, physically, spiritually, socially, how you can possibly add to perfection. Wondering creates that little bit extra, that halo. We are not aiming for harmony but to share, to create unity and simultaneousness; we make real whatever we focus on. We will approach this experience of haloes with the help of devoted movement, a male choir and dryish performance art.

Other collaborators include Katri Puranen, Arttu Palmio, Arttu Väänänen, Hanna Ahti, Niina Hosiasluoma and the male choir Mieskuoro D25, who will be joining the group during the fall and winter of 2014/2015.

After their time at the Saari Residence, the group will continue work at the Zodiac Center for New Dance as part of the Z-Free event concept in 2014, and will also be presenting their on-going process at the Zodiac’s Z-Free demo event at the end of October.

The Sädekehistä – täydellisen politiikkaa performance will premiere at the Kiasma Theatre in Helsinki in the fall of 2015.

The group worked at the Saari Residence in the summer of 2014.


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Esitystaiteen seura

Esitystaiteen seura

The purpose of the ”This is not a performance” project is to study the interfaces between theatre, performance and other art forms related to the live arts, and to shake their boundaries

This is not a performance

In 2014, the theme of the year for the Live Art Society (Esitystaiteen seura) is performance. The purpose of the This is not a performance project is to study the interfaces between theatre, performance and other art forms related to the live arts, and to shake their boundaries. During 2014, the Live Art Society’s artists will be preparing performances, studying the history of performance and its theory, and collaborating within the established field of performance art.

The project is not only about actual performances but also about acquiring information, studying, researching and publishing. An eight-person workgroup including artists from different genres as well as a producer (all members of the Live Art Society) are delving into the history and evolution of performance and investigating its relationship to other forms of art. During the residency, the members of the workgroup are familiarizing themselves with questions related to performance art by both teaching and learning, and are also preparing actual performances, which will later be showcased at different events and festivals.

Esitystaiteen seura worked at the Saari Residence in the summer of 2014.


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Shifting Thoughts

Shifting thoughts

Fluid Landscapes

In our week of work we will take advantage of the the peaceful environment to dig into our practices, which requires a great amount of concentration for the mind and sensorial stimulus for the body.

The main concept of our project Fluid Landscapes is transformation, becoming rather then being. Transformation of the self, as well of the surroundings, through the practice of the sensorial body and the shifting mind, the experiencing in the moment without representation and conservation in time.

Fluid Landscapes is two bodies in the space that, as temporary beings, are in constant exploration and evolution. They are fluid identities, like the underneath movement of what can apparently seem static.

The practices will guide us to seek a sort of endless temporariness in the skin, bones, flesh, thoughts, memories, fluids and sensations. We will keep shifting between what is there, what it was and what it could/it will be.

These explorations will also create states of deep concealment, states of exposure, and a timeless hypnotic space that has the power to define and refine sensibility.

Shifting Thoughts worked at the Saari Residence in the summer of 2014.


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OTTOdenkt

Ottodenkt

The Mynämäki Intersection

The Truth About Geodesy at Saari Residence

Our project plans to present an archaeological excavation site exhibiting two intersecting coordinates in the ground.

In only about one meter depth they will be visible: 60°37′ north latitude crossing 21°51′ east longitude.

These Mynämäki coordinates provide the proof:

The coordinates of the globe are not some devised abstract model. No, they are actually present in the soil and hold our world together!

OTTOdenkt worked at the Saari Residence in the summer of 2014.


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Wanderlust Performance

Wanderlust

“Women in the Woods” is a staged work intended for performance in public spaces for two sopranos, flute, violin, viola da gamba and lute, with a solo dancer

Wanderlust is a collective of artists that creates performances for public spaces. Women in the Woods is a musico-theatrical collage for two sopranos, flute, violin, viola da gamba and lute, with solo contemporary dancer. The program presents French early music from the 12th -18th centuries, a span of time that produced a great wealth of songs sung from a woman’s perspective. In the 12th and 13th centuries the songs of the trouvères told of women’s inner lives, and what they describe is strikingly resonant with contemporary experiences of love, of lust, of courtship and of betrayal. At the Saari Residence we will create a choreographic language and dramatic narrative to link these songs into a performance tailored specifically to public spaces dedicated to antiquity and visual art.

wanderlustperformance.com

Wanderlust worked at the Saari Residence in the summer of 2014.


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Isabel Leon & Ana Matey

Isabel Leon and Ana Matey

Performanssitaiteilijat Isabel Léon ja Ana Matey työskentelivät Saaren kartanon residenssissä syksyllä 2014. Kuva: Isabel Léon ja Ana Matey

 

EXCHANGE IN SAARI is a site specific project to research communication-interpretation by “exchanging” performance art scores and art processes between us and with other artists

EXCHANGE IN SAARI is a site specific project to research communication-interpretation by “exchanging” performance art scores and art processes between us and with other artists.

It is also is a project that researches and “exchanges” work processes, points of view about art, spaces, elements, experiences and life… We start from action-art work and we can also carry out interventions and photo-performances. We would like to stay in the Saari Residence developing our project by working in different spaces (working and living spaces, outdoor and indoor spaces, etc.) and getting to know the place and the people there, not only the artists in residence, but also the staff. We like to work on the relation between Art and Life, mainly through live art experiences. EXCHANGE LIVE ART is a project in progress that is growing constantly, in different places, formats and also with the artists involved.

Read about the collaboration between Isabel & Ana and Anu-Hanna from the Kone Foundation’s Boldness-blog.

Isabel Leon & Ana Matey worked at the Saari Residence in September and October 2014.


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Anu-Hanna Anttila

Anu-Hanna Anttila

Adjunct Professor, D.Soc.Sc
Scientific research

Doctor of Social Sciences and Adjunct Professor of Sociology and Everyday History (Cultural History) Anu-Hanna Anttila will be working at the Saari Residence in September 2014 on a research residency. She is currently working on chapters for a book concerning the Voice and Silence of Class (VoxClass) project. The chapters focus on the traditions and present state of class theory as well as on the re-emergence of class with regard to hired domestic services. The VoxClass research project is funded by Kone Foundation (2012–2014)-

Read about the collaboration between Anu-Hanna and Ana & Isabel from the Kone Foundation’s Boldness-blog (https://rohkeuskoneensaatio.wordpress.com/2014/11/)

VoxClass: http://voxclass.blogspot.fi/

http://www.koneensaatio.fi/en/grants/project-presentations/voice-and-silence-of-class

Anu-Hanna Anttila worked at the Saari Residence in September and October 2014.


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Maria Kananen

Maria Kananen

Dance Artist
Solo project: Hiljaisuuden lauluja, tyhjän tilan tansseja (”songs of silence, dances of empty spaces”)

Maria Kananen (born 1976)

I am a dance artist originally from Kajaani, in Northern Finland, now living in Espoo. I have worked extensively in the field of dance since 2000. In addition to developing my own art since 2007, I have also been a part of the FREEcollective / VAPAAkollektiivi, a freelance dance group from Tampere. At the moment, I am particularly interested in combining song and vocal improvisation with modern dance, the bodily source of sound, and the deep physical connection between sound and movement. I also want to connect with people through my art and to take my works and their creative processes to places where dance art isn’t necessarily the most common of phenomenona. For me, art, at its very core, is involvement and discourse with feelings and sensations, and the courage to be present in your own company and in that of others. That is essentially what I strive towards in my own work as a performer and a creator of dance. I hope this approach is also conveyed in my collaborative works with other artists, irrespective of the locations and situations they are performed in.

Working at the Saari Residence offers me the opportunity to focus on developing and renewing my artistic work. For me, my two-month residency is a creative retreat; an opportunity to pause and focus on being myself and on my creative process in an environment conducive to peaceful and focused work. During the residency, my intention is to work on my solo project Hiljaisuuden lauluja ja tyhjän tilan tansseja (”songs of silence, dances of empty spaces”). I feel that solo work is a very necessary tool for developing the core identity of my artistic thought and work. Solo work means sifting through and processing the influences I’ve gained from other projects and through collaborations with other artists. It means clarifying my own perspective and my own voice.

Hiljaisuuden lauluja, tyhjän tilan tansseja solo project

The central themes of the project are presence, appreciating the moment at hand, observation, listening, intuitive solutions, acceptance, trust, play.

The project will culminate in a series of solo works involving improvised movement and sound that are designed for different spaces and situations. The visual side of the works will be created in co-operation with costume designer Maria Hämäläinen. As the project progresses, other artists from different fields of art will be visiting the workgroup. The solo project first received its concrete form in May 2013 at an event at Gallery Rajatila in Tampere and featured guest artist guitar player Tuomas Luukkonen.

During the residency, my intention is to advance my solo project and if possible, to organize improvised performances, possibly also with the other artists working or visiting the Saari Residence.

Photo: Ana Matey

Maria Kananen worked at the Saari Residence in September and October 2014.


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Jenny Kangasvuo

Jenny Kangasvuo

Licentiate of Philosophy, researcher, author
Writing of a fantasy fiction novel entitled Rautakynsi (”iron claw”) set in the Iron Age

I am writing the first draft for my new fantasy fiction novel set in the Iron Age. The novel is intimately linked with prehistoric research. The novel’s fantasy elements are derived from folklore so that the Iron Age worldview is presented to the reader primarily through fantasy and magic, and only secondarily through historical facts. I will be combining my in-depth cultural anthropological and archaeological knowledge with Finnish mythology in order to create a Finno-Ugric fantasy story. The novel’s working title is Rautakynsi (”iron claw”).

Today, the core audience for fantasy fiction is typically young adults. I am, however, writing for an adult reader who is not only interested in the social use of power, body norms and gender-specific expectations, but who enjoys the type of unpredictability that stories with elements of fantasy allow for.

Jenny Kangasvuo worked at the Saari Residence in September and October 2014.


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Kristiina Koskentola

Kristiina Koskentola

Visual Artist
Practice-based visual arts doctoral research with particular focus on writing

During my time at the Saari Residence, I will focus on my doctoral dissertation, which investigates and builds upon my own previous work. Its focus is on challenging the Eurocentric view of self and the Other as well as on re-evaluating the concept of abjection both within a global context and in its relationship to artistic practices.

Kristiina Koskentola, visual artist and PhD Candidate at the University of the Arts/Chelsea College in London, lives and works in Amsterdam and Beijing.

www.kristiinakoskentola.com

Kristiina Koskentola worked at the Saari Residence in September and October 2014.


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Mikko Kuorinki

Mikko Kuorinki

Visual Artist
Reorganization of artistic processes, finalization of the art book “Stuff” and preparation of new works

During my time at the Saari Residence, my intention is to write, edit, focus and walk. I will be making a kind of audit of my works and exhibitions from recent years as a result of which I will strive to build upon some areas of my work practices and to respectively drop others. The goal is to pause and to reflect, which is something there really hasn’t been opportunity for before. I will also be working Stuff (presently in the form of a series of texts) into book form, which Publication Studio will be publishing in 2015.

Mikko Kuorinki worked at the Saari Residence in September and October 2014.


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Pessi Parviainen

Pessi Parviainen

Artist
Doctoral research

I am working on my doctoral dissertation at The Performing Arts Research Centre, TUTKE, at Theatre Academy Helsinki. I have been able to fully concentrate on my work thanks to a research grant from Kone Foundation.

During my time at the Saari Residence, I will continue the written portion of my dissertation in which I examine the contradictions between the concepts of sound and music, and reflect on how this issue affects ”interdisciplinary” entities. Central themes include the relationships between the arts and an artwork in its entirety, albeit my approach stems specifically from my inspection of the conflict between sound and music.

The artistic portion of my dissertation is a film essay about the Töölö Bay area (Töölönlahti) in Helsinki. The area is a juicy metaphor for the impossibility of following through on an overall design: even the Pro Finland plan by the renowned Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto was only partially realized. The bay area has been formed little by little. The documentary doesn’t take issue with the politics of city planning but tries rather to express how the area is like an orchestra that hasn’t been able to truly play the symphonies composed for it, perhaps due to their impossibility. Despite its fragmented nature, the Töölö Bay area is an extraordinarily intriguing mixture of details and historical layers.

During my time at the Saari Residence, I will also be working on the script for the film. Both written assignments go hand in hand and my goal is to maintain a mutually beneficial connection between the two.

www.pessiparviainen.com

Pessi Parviainen worked at the Saari Residence in September and October 2014.


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Jean Michel Roux

Jean Michel Roux

Scriptwriter and filmmaker
A film project, an audiovisual essay about how the painting “The Wounded angel” by Hugo Simberg can affect today the imagination and the pshyche of people in Finland and abroad

“The Saari Residence will be the perfect environment and occasion to develop my first movie project in Finland based on the famous Finnish painting: THE WOUNDED ANGEL, 1903, by Hugo Simberg.

This painting is still today a subject of paradoxical interpretations and interrogations. It has the ability to increase the imagination of those who look at it. Before writing the script about the mystery of this visionary painting, I need to do some research and want to interview people about their impressions on this iconic piece of art: other residents, people living in the surrounding areas or in Turku. It can be Finnish people or foreigners. I’m interested in all sorts of point of view. Everybody is welcome to talk about THE WOUNDED ANGEL. The final movie will be mainly based on these spontaneous testimonies.’

Jean Michel Roux started to write and direct movies in 1984. His latest works include three films he directed in Iceland about the invisible supernatural world.

www.jean-michelroux.com

Jean Michel Roux  worked at the Saari Residence in September and October 2014.


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Elida Runeson

Elida Runeson

MFA
Artistic work

During the latest time I have felt that my work is a bit split up I have had the feeling that I want to do something new.

And that I can not do what I have been doing before.

What I have been doing before is paintings that are narrative and mostly figurative.
They are showing an inner landscape and they are about existential thoughts.

Lately I have been painting some pictures with forms that are existing in a space.
The new pictures are not narrative.
They have a kind of figurative entrance but the outcome is more abstract.
With this work I felt a releasing feeling.

Today I don’t know what way my work will take.
I know that I can do both.
And I know that this is a part of the process to wander around in different ways of painting to tune in to what place I am at painterly and to keep the process in motion.

Though, I feel a big need to build up the concentration and the frequency in working to get further and deeper in it. I think that the artistic process is a part of something wider, a developing process in my life in general.

In that way I am really a part of my work and it explains a lot about why one has to be at a good place both physical and spiritual when working.

I think that were I now am, is in a period of shifting old into new.
I can not know were my work will go, yet.

Elida Runeson worked at the Saari Residence in September and October 2014.


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Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Playwright and director
The continued writing, development and designing of a new work for interdisciplinary theatre entitled, THE ARTS; a deconstruction of American arts funding history compared to European funding systems

Kevin Doyle (IE/US) is a playwright and director originally from Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in creating large-scale works of interdisciplinary theatre that examine contemporary social issues and/or public policy issues. His work incorporates elements of dance, film, theatre, music, live camera usage, “found-texts” sources and his own original writing. His work is regularly presented in the European Unioin and North America.

For his time at the Saari Residence he will be completing several aspects of his next major work – THE AЯTS – which examines the history of public funding for the arts in the United States and contrasts it with public funding policies in several European countries. A large-scale three-part interdisciplinary work, Doyle will be focusing on the third part of the play; while also creating alternative methods by which aspects of his research can be manifested outside of the traditional theatre space. Prior to arriving at the Saari Residence, Doyle reviewed actual transcripts from proceedings in the United States Congress during the 1960s and 1990s that involved debates surrounding arts funding issues. His research also involved conducting actual recorded interviews with American politicians and arts leaders; in addition to interviews with European arts leaders.

The main focus of his work will be to figure out how these interviews and transcripts coalesce, contrast or relate to recent current events involving arts funding debates in the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Belgium and even Finland. His work will lead him to make decisions on what form all the content or sources will take in the final performance. Will they be realized via spoken text; incorporated into sound or film design; or some other yet undiscovered manifestation during performance. He also will be taking in advantage of several opportunities to speak with Finnish artists and Finnish citizens – both locally and in Helsinki – to have as many conversations as possible about their views on arts funding issues.

Kevin Doyle worked at the Saari Residence in November and December 2014.


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Jarkko Hartikainen

Jarkko Hartikainen

MA of Music, composer
Musical composition and organization of musical material

I am composing a 10-minute work for a 40-person chamber orchestra commissioned by the Tapiola Sinfonietta. The ritualistic work focuses on the sense of hearing and human physicality. I want to offer the audience both experiences that highlight the multifacetedness of sounds, and also a sensation of bodily impulses that remind us of our own physicality. In a more technical sense, I am primarily studying the expressive possibilities of different colours and sounds as well different kinds of pulses. This is something I am able to do for the first time with this large of a group – which I will, however, also be using largely in a mosaic-like way that highlights characteristics of chamber music and transparency. The musicians will resonate and support each other and form different kinds of conversions.

Before coming to the Saari Residence, I have classified and tested different types of specific orchestration solutions both with individual musicians and with a whole orchestra. At the Residence, I will focus on developing and compiling the work both from these very instrument-specific components, and more traditionally through musical phenomena expressed with intervals.

Jarkko Hartikainen worked at the Saari Residence in November and December 2014.


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Irina Javne

Irina Javne

Poet
Finalization of the poetry script for Surun synnyttäjä (”birthing sorrow”)

The speaker in the poems is a Polish travel trunk. It was made from a tree that was cut down on the 1st of August, 1914. The songs sung by its maker resound in the trunk’s memory as lullabies but soon the trunk travels across a rocking sea. It learns a new language, is enchanted by its eastern melodiousness and wonders about the stream of letters that begin to fill the trunk. First, there is a wet swimsuit on top of the trunk, sand seeps through to the bottom and Carelian poems fill the trunk. Soon the trunk is thrust into a dark cellar to repent and it is joined by a bloody military uniform and a light, worn-out suitcase.

The long time of sorrow makes the trunk think about the wrongs of a beautiful language, its use for the purpose of oppressing those who gave it life. The tired trunk is washed and taken to a nursery. It begins to learn the literary language, western Finnish, and feels it has found justice and a way to express what it has seen and heard.

Read about Irina’s work from here.

Irina Javne worked at the Saari Residence in November and December 2014.


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Jenni Kokkomäki

Jenni Kokkomäki

Photo: Ulla Leppävuori

 

Performance artist
Work on series of video works

At the Saari Residence, I will be working on a video installation that takes a look at power and power relations as a performance. The installation contains a series of videos that strive toward a multifaceted discussion about the processes related to the creation and perception of power. The installation continues in the footprints of video performances by body artists in the 1970s, and investigates questions regarding the performance of media-constructed self from a modern point of view. The investigational approach to the video works will be founded particularly on texts by performance theoreticians, researchers of visual culture and social scientists with a focus on the subject of power. I will also be putting my experience in theatre (power in speech and the physical manifestations of social status) and dance (the choreography, movement and gestures of power) to good use in the preparation of the filmed performances.

Jenni Kokkomäki is a performance artist working with video installations and multidisciplinary performance art. She has an MA in Live Art and Performance Studies from the Helsinki Theatre Academy. Her previous education was in theatre studies.

Photo: Ulla Leppävuori

Jenni Kokkomäki worked at the Saari Residence in November and December 2014.


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Ulla Leppävuori

Ulla Leppävuori

MFA
MOVING IN AN ENVIRONMENT AND ITS OBSERVATION THROUGH COLOR – photography with a focus on colour, collecting ingredients for making colours and mapping out different applications for an environment characterized by pigments

Landscapes and nature inspire the use of all of the senses. This comprehensiveness is at its most powerful when there is time to make yourself aware of it all. In encountering an environment defined by man, the connection to what is happening around you becomes restricted – I feel a sense of longing for an unmediated relationship with my surroundings.

What can I bring from a natural landscape to a man-made environment to fix this flaw?

How can I move what happens in nature, its independence and distinct functional logic, to exist as part of a man-made environment? Simultaneously on terms dictated by the man-made environment, yet sustaining the nature and freedom of the landscape?

The spark for my challenge is both personal and general at the same time.

During my residency, I’ll be in a November and December landscape. I will move from place to place by foot and by bicycle. The cultural landscape of the past has been moulded by the interaction between man, animal and nature. Now a field, what used to be the bottom of the sea has slowly risen from underwater, though the timeline of the actual event is very long. The materials and events now in nature are visible as colours and rhythms.

I am working from two different starting points. I will document and observe the seasonal environment through photography.

I will be collecting earth materials.

My time at the Saari Residence allows me to spend time in an environment from a primarily artistic point-of-view. The experiences of active participation in a landscape are resources that are now being side-lined in favour of artistic work. The length and tranquillity of the residency ensure that the work can move along at its own pace and on its own terms, moving forward according to its own rhythm. There is also opportunity for questioning previous discoveries and therefore, for conceptualizing new approaches.

I will be utilizing:

– geology
– information concerning man’s relationship with nature in different historical time periods
– spatial experience sof the region’s medieval stone churches

Ulla Leppävuori worked at the Saari Residence in November and December 2014.


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Maija Mäkinen

Maija Mäkinen

Author, translator
Writing of an English language novel manuscript centering on themes of bilingualism and identity

Maija Mäkinen is a bilingual Finnish writer and translator living in Brooklyn, NY and writing about the cacophony of living with two cultures. The novel manuscript she is currently completing at the Saari Residence won the University of Cambridge Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize in 2012. As a translator she specializes in migration, sexuality and gender research.

Maija Mäkinen worked at the Saari Residence in November and December 2014.


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Satu Palokangas

Satu Palokangas

Performance Artist
Development of performative and pedagogical exercises based on somatic movement methods, and written documentation of the process

The working title I’ve given the residency period is Organ Songs – Bone Meditations. During this delightful two months without the usual pressures of a freelance-life, I wish to explore and develop body-based practices, that tune me toward performative and social action. I’m especially called to explore the quieter tissues, specifically the bone and the organs, to counteract the noise from the muscles – the one tissue, along with brain, that our culture glorifies above all. My work is guided by the curiosity of how inner sensory perceptions steer the outer perceptions, and my actions in the world. I am curious about counter-actions and following the organic pulse, in order to create a pauses, gaps, in our habitual ways of sensing and acting in the world. Some of my initial questions upon entering this period of work are following: How can I know in my tissues that it is interwoven with the flesh of the world? In what ways does radical embodiment, the theme that continues to show up in my work, take shape? How does performance ecology converge with somatic methods, and what kind of practices emerge out of this intersection? I am pulled to pause in my usual ways of noticing, sensing and receiving information – and be with what wants to manifest. My task is to remain curious.

I am a performance artist whose work is strongly influenced by somatic methods, body-mind psychotherapy, ecology and neuroscience.

Satu Palokangas worked at the Saari Residence in November and December 2014.


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Sinikka Selin

Sinikka Selin

MA, doctoral student
What are you going to be when you grow up? Young people’s work-related visions of the future in the 1950s and 1960s

I am a historian and currently working on my dissertation the subject of which is young people in the 1950s to 1960s and their work-related visions of the future. The dissertation presents and analyses the expectations, hopes, fears and plans of young people who at the age of 15 to 16 are finishing their compulsory education. The decades after the war were a time of great social transformation which had a big influence on how young people viewed what was possible for them and what was expected of them. I incorporate both macro levels of society, e.g. by inspecting the influence of social class, the parallel school system and gender, and a grass roots perspective by focusing on the youths as individuals.

I have been able to carry out my research with the support of Kone Foundation for a few years now and this two-month intensive work period affords me an excellent opportunity to focus on writing and working on my manuscript.

Sinikka Selin worked at the Saari Residence in November and December 2014.


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